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Mask Hysteria: Moving the Goal Posts

It would be swell if the politicians would stop moving the goal posts.  But they can’t.  They haven’t gotten Trump out of office yet.  And Congress keeps announcing more and more money is to be doled out.  So, too bad for you.  We need to keep everything screwed up at least through November.

Part 7

Well, we were first told that we just needed a few weeks of downtime to “flatten the curve” on COVID then we could open back up. A hospital ship was dispatched to New York and emergency hospitals facilities were set up in strategic areas to help hospitals with the overflow.

We quickly flattened the curve. But then we were told we can’t take our foot off the accelerator now. We need to stay shut down. We flattened the curve some more. The hospital ship left New York. This is around the time politicians realized they had the money and political thing going for them.


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After months of this utter nonsense we started to talk about reopening. The damage done to the economy by this time was immense. But it seemed even the politicians were getting it. They warned that when we opened back up, there would be surges in positives reported. The availability of testing was also unmasking more cases as well. Only the wimpiest of political hacks were talking of shutting back down again.

So across the country small businesses started ordering supplies, this included small restaurants (they don’t get a do over). We opened up and…OH MY GOD! THE NUMBERS ARE GOING UP!

Across the country restaurants that had barely held on through the pretend quarantine, now with refrigerators full of perishables they put precious money into, would only to see them spoil again. Half the country went back to cowering under the bed.

Supply chains across the country were once again disrupted. 39% of businesses closed by the virus now report they will never open again.

This has been our precursor to steal us against the next flu season. I can’t wait to see how much weaker and more stupid we become as a nation when the flu and COVID are floating around.

Here’s the good news.

I never come with just the problem. I bring solutions as well. Not that they will be implemented. Politicians are too selfish and amoral to do what is actually right. Just look at the wealth wasted on ideas that did nothing for anyone for more than a week at a time. And they want to do more of the same. The GOP wants to print money and the Dems want to fund pet social projects. None of it will save a single life from COVID. Not one.

But here’s the correct course of action: Send the hospital ship back to New York. Send one to LA. Open field hospitals and emergency treatment centers, strategically, all over the country. In the meantime, open everything.  EVERYTHING.

Next we’ll discuss whether civil disobedience may be in order here.


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Mask Hysteria: Celebrity Trumps Science

In the previous segment we were getting into the mask, celebrity and more phony “science”.

Part 6

Then you have people who wear a mask the way my brother (a medical professional) does.  They wear them loose or under the nose. The masks are constantly falling down. So the wearer is constantly fidgeting with the mask or breathing openly anyway.

Also, if you wear a mask all day it become moist and warm and harbors the germs you are exposed to including COVID. When you breath out, you shed those germs.

Finally, most of the masks we wear now, the cute ones people made at home while under “quarantine” are about as effective as wearing a chain link fence on your face. The weave in the cloth is many times larger than the 200[1] nanometers of a COVID cell. Will it catch some? Sure. Are you measurably safer with a homemade mask? Not much.

With these considerations, and their collective tribal knowledge of the mask, all these docs initially said wearing a mask in public wouldn’t mean all that much in terms of safety. By all means, if you want to wear one, go right ahead.


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Then people got caught up in the drama of COVID. Politicians realized the money to be siphoned from the federal tit, not to mention the truncheon to beat POTUS with. The image of everyone sporting a mask became a SYMBOL. Otherwise reasonable people felt free to scold fellow citizens for not following the “science”. When personal safety still wasn’t enough to get everybody to cover up the new meme became that wearing a mask protects others so if you don’t you are selfish and want others to get sick. If you do YOU’RE A HERO.

The socio-political clamor became so rabid that one-by-one all these doctors listed in the last post eventually turned their backs on what they know to be true and started saying the mask was now the critical key to survival in the fight against the Chinese virus. The last among them was Surgeon General Adams. So much for the “science” of it all.

[1] The size of a COVID cell is estimated to be 80 – 120 nm according to NIH. The most liberal estimates are 200nm. So I am being generous here.


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Mask Hysteria: The New Burka

I was hinting that there might be some comfort and encouragement in the realities of COVID-19.

Part 5

But, no! You are not to be permitted comfort. If anyone within 100 miles has COVID you must live like a neurotic germaphobe. We must create the same or greater level of distress in our children. And regardless of the FACT that the flu will kill many times more of our children this year than COVID will, it is considered heartless to NOT kill our economy and shut down our schools. It is even more heartless to point all this out. The truth is simply not dramatic enough.

And to pile onto the non-science of shutdowns…this was Bill DeBlasio’s plan instead of opening schools. Opening them would be too dangerous for kids or teachers. Instead, Warren Wilhelm (that’s De Blasio’s real name, swear to god) said he was going to open daycare centers where the kids could gather and daycare workers could monitor their activities and see that they do their schoolwork. WTF Warren!? And do you know there are people in New York stupid enough to fall for this? Only a non-thinking, big government, nanny state jackass would ever have an idea like this. I am writing what I watched Wilhelm say and I still can’t believe it.

The new burka.  For god’s sake, cover yourself!

And then there are the goddamn masks. As of late March of this year the entire medical world had amassed more than a century of knowledge about surgical masks. That collective knowledge was reflected in the words of Drs. Fauci, Berx, Redfield, Adams, Siegle and many others were asked about wearing a mask in public and if it would help fight the spread of COVID. The immediate response across the board ran along this line: A little maybe, but not much, and it could be counterproductive depending on the wearer.

I’ll give you a gross anecdote to demonstrate one problem with masks and our present expectations.

I kick up a lot of saw dust in my woodshop. This is especially true when using my planer. At the end of the day I always have to blow my nose. When I’ve worked with dark wood the mucus comes out black. With blond wood it’s brown. BUT…and here’s the important point…when I wear a mask I blow my nose with the exact same result.


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Some of the masks I’ve used are really good surgical masks. It doesn’t change the net result.

And grain of saw dust is much, MUCH larger than a COVID cell.

Beyond that, the doctors above, among many others, leaned toward following. While part of the overall arsenal of devices worn to ward off infection, the mask is likely among the least effective; helpful yes. Why breath directly into the incision of a patient? And while hospital workers often catch what patients have, despite the wearing of masks, the mask is better than nothing in close contact situations.

But hey! Add a bit of political pressure and the intoxication of celebrity and the science quickly erodes down to a popular social meme.  As we see here.


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